Steps through life

(updated 18.01.2012 - uploaded HD picture)
(compare size - it is better now isn't it?)

This is a painting I did in 2007/8 and is a portrayal of life as a set staircases; whatever you do in life you take steps up or down, towards an unknown goal. The idea is basically similar to the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, in which he explains his trip through all the levels (or steps) of heaven and hell.

A sketch that I did in order to develop my ideas for this painting. This is about A5 on wrapping paper.